NOTD 148 – Patriotic Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

So this week I am not going to do a ‘Featured Color Friday’ Instead, a Patriotic Wednesday because of the way the holiday falls. I will have another post by Saturday most likely. My work is closed on Friday too this year, woohoo!

I started out by painting my nails with two coats of “Ulta – Snow White” and planned on doing a splatter mani using “Essie – Aruba Blue” and “Julep – Glenn” I have only done the splatter once and unfortunately this time it did not work out in my favor. However, fortunately… that it did not as I came up with the idea to use some of my stamps for some more double stamping. I used “Essie’s – No place like chrome” to create the fireworks in the background. I then took ‘Glenn’ and ‘Aruba Blue’ and used pieces of stamps to make the different size stars and place them accordingly.

Here is the final result. (Lots of pictures because I LOVE this mani) 😀

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Alright guys, that’s it for me today. What do you think of this years Independence Day mani?

What do you have planned for this Holiday weekend?

 

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NOTD 137 – Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an US Federal holiday celebrated every year on the last Monday in May. It is a day to honor and remember the men and women who died that have served in the United States Armed Forces. Some people celebrate this day with barbeques and as the unofficial start to summer, but this day is so much more. My husband was in the Army and he served two tours in Iraq, my brother-in-law is in the Marines, and my brother is joining the Army. I am so proud of them and our men and women that serve. Today I will honor all of the fallen.

I am not saying not to enjoy yourselves, not to have a good time, and not to barbecue… just remember why you are able to do it, because all gave some and some gave all to protect this country.

Well guys sorry for all of the seriousness, it’s just important for me to share, not everyone knows and sometimes we forget the importance. In any event, here are my Memorial Day nails. 🙂

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Poppies are worn to honor those who have lost their lives so I painted a poppy on my index finger.

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I used two coats of “Julep – Glenn” and topped it with “Elevation – Avalanche”. For the poppy I painted two coats of “Ulta – Snow White” then used “Julep – Glenn” to draw the poppy, I outlined it with “Shimmer – Marilyn” and put a black gem in the center.

No matter how you celebrate this Holiday, do it safely. Have a great day today!

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NOTD 46 – Independence Day

This weeks mani’s theme is in honor of Wednesdays Holiday, Independence Day. I used “Julep – Glenn”for my red,  “Milani – White”, “Essie – Aruba Blue”. I did a needle dragging technique that I first saw on Nicole’s website “Polish me, Please” If you have never heard of it or want some instructions, (either way) you should check out her site because it’s pretty Awesome! She had mentioned that if you do not chose the right polishes, it tends to look a little more like marbling, which my right hand does. 😦 I still love the way it came out though, I think it makes it more fun that some look like needle dragging and others kind of like marbling.

Here is my right hand, all but the pinky came out more like the needle dragging. the pinky and my whole right hand look like a cross between needle dragging and marbling.

And here is the right:

Well there you have it, my Patriotic Mani for the 4th. What are you wearing on your nails today?

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Day 28 Flag (Memorial Day Edition) – 31Challenge

I thought it was funny how the Rainbow Day fell near St. Patty’s Day and now Flag Inspiration Day is falling near Memorial Day.

I finally used my stamps for the stars, and it’s still a bit of a trial and error, but I think they came out alright, for my first time. I will get better at it. For the stripes I painted my nails white and then doubled the Nail Art Tape to make a little thicker line and painted the red.

Polishes I used were “Nail-aid Peeling Nail Base Coat”, “Essie – Aruba Blue” “Milani – White” and “Julep – Glenn” The Red bled a little bit because even though I used the same technique as the Pattern day, the Julep formula is a little more liquidy.

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Day 9 Rainbow – 31Challenge

For the rainbow day of the Challenge I went with a nail-by-nail rainbow. As you can see I used a Lotttt of nail polish for this look, all nail polish no paints. I went to Michael’s Craft store and picked up about three different sized paint brushes for about $1.50 – $3.00 each to use when I do more art like this. I also used my dotting tools to make the 3 & 4 leaf clovers.

I found a trick on a fellow bloggers website [Check it Out!] for nail art and used it for the pot of gold itself. I drew it on Parchment paper and, when dry (about an hour cuz my black polish sucks!), I slowly scraped it off, adhered it to my nail, did the little 3 and 4 leaf clovers and gold, then did a top coat to hold it on. Thanks Carly for this awesome idea! 🙂  It really helped me to draw it on paper, lord knows I am no artist…

Here is my little pot o’ gold! You can’t have a rainbow without your pot o’ gold, especially with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner!

Here is a sneak peek at the finished pot of gold finger, the night before…

Here it is the next day, just another look…

My left hand the night before (so please ignore the nail polish on my fingers… 🙂 )

When I say day before or night before it’s because I always do my nails at night and then in the morning when my hands are all wet from showering I can just peel or pick the polish off of my fingers.

Originally my plan was to do an actual rainbow on my index finger rather than the different colors on each nail representing the color of the rainbow, but it was just not happening.

Here is a little closer look at one of my cloud fingers. I did my thumb and pinky on the Pot of gold hand. (night before 🙂 )

And… drumroll… Here is the finished product. (Again, night before 🙂 )

This look was sooo fun to do! I was very excited about how it came out.

Hope you enjoyed this look as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Polishes used for this Look:

Red was “Julep – Glenn”, Orange was “Spoiled – Wet N’ Wild – Don’t Be Cheesy”, Yellow “Spoiled Wet N’ Wild – Designated driver”, Green was “Revlon Colorstay – Bonsai”, Blue was “China Glaze – Sexy in the City” I also used that blue under my cloud fingers with “N.Y.C. – white” for the clouds with the paint brush and as a base for the pot of gold finger. For the Indigo I used “Essie – Go overboard” which was the closest thing I had to indigo and It came out darker than I planned, then the glitter made it more green :-/ The purple which was “Piggy Polish – Fear less”. For the green shamrocks I also used the green above, from the green finger. For the gold I used “Julep – Oscar” and the pot of gold on the parchment paper was my “Sinful colors- blackest black”. Oh almost forgot, I also used “Essie – Shrine of the Tides” for the little glitter flecks on every nail but the pot of gold nail.

I finished with my “OPI -Base and Top Coat”, and lastly my Drying Drops by OPI. –Which, let me tell ya, in this case was a Life Saver. The polish was so thick and there was so much of it in certain spots, it seemed like it was going to take forever to dry. So I followed the instructions and put the drops on 1 minute after the top coat, but then again for precaution. I did it one more time about 20-30 minutes later, just before bed. The next day… no sheet marks!!!

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NOTD 15- Julep – Glenn

This is a swatch of Glenn the other “Julep” polish that I received in my last box. I decided to paint it on my toes as I wasn’t ready to take off the blue from the 31 Day Challenge off my nails.

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My First Julep Box

I first learned about Julep Here from a fellow blogger friend. She posted about getting Julep for $1 and I just could not pass it up, I ordered right away!

My box came and thanks to Natasha, it was only $1 this month! Normally it’s $19.99. This month I got “Oscar” which is the gold shown, that I also used when I did my day 5 challenge (see that post) 🙂 and then the red is called “Glenn” and a “Julep – Essential Cuticle Oil” that strengthens nails and softens rough cuticles.

Here are some of the benefits to Julep. let me know what you think if you try it out!

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Check back I will test out Glenn shortly! 🙂

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